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Polls close in seven more states; Bush leads in FL with few problems reported

[JURIST] [JURIST Election Special] 10 PM ET - Polls have closed in eastern Idaho, Iowa, Montana, Nevada, eastern North Dakota, eastern Oregon and Utah, bringing voting to a close in 43 states.

Returns continue to trickle in from Florida, with President Bush maintaining a gap over John Kerry. With more than half the precincts reporting, the tally stands at:

Bush - 2,591,797 - 52%
Kerry - 2,303,449 - 46%

The Miami Herald reports that in Broward County, where Republicans filed a lawsuit Monday over voter challenges, only one voter was challenged today.

10:15 PM ET - Several legal issues simmering at the moment.... The ACLU has sued to have thousands of late absentee ballots counted in Florida after voters received them too late to return them in time.... Many states have or will face the issue of whether to extend polling hours, with many lines remaining even as the polls are scheduled to close. Election Law @ Moritz has analysis on the issue.

10:25 PM ET - KDKA-TV in Pittsburgh is reporting that a judge in the city has ordered a voting machine from Litchfield Towers at the University of Pittsburgh impounded after some challenged voters were allowed to vote using the machine when the station ran out of provisional ballots.

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